It's the beginning of the year and I have just started a new unit with my Spanish Phase 2 group called Passaporte al mundo hispano. To launch this unit, the students watched the below video from National Geographic about cultural differences in which a group of men travel to Sudan and discover a whole new way of life in the USA.
The students did not know the theme of the video before watching it and were asked to consider the main theme and message of the video as they watched it. The students then watched the video a second time through and were asked to take notes in Spanish about the examples of culture that were mentioned in the video. We agreed that there were many different examples including food, habits and daily routine, and attitudes. Further to this, we then discussed how this links to our statement of inquiry - Language & Travel help us to understand other cultures. Their first task of the year was to produce a poster in which they would reflect on detail their knowledge of Hispanic culture. See the task below.
lTo continue with this unit students looked at a map of North, Central and South America and checked their knowledge of the countries in a simple oral task i.e ¿Qué es esto? ¿Esto es México, no? Some students needed to review the countries and they by following these links:
Nivel 1: http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/country_SoAmCA_GL_Click.html
Nivel 2: http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/country_SoAmCA_G1_drag_drop.html
Nivel 3: http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/country_SoAmCA_G2_drag_drop.html
This activity gave us the oppotunity to discuss which of the countries in South America do not have Spanish as their official language, and also the countries and islands missing from this task i.e. Equatorial Guinea, Balearic Islands, Canary Islands. The students labeled the map provided in the Gente Joven 1 Unidad 6 Cuaderno de Ejercicios and add Puerto Rico (missing from this document). Unidad 6 of Gente Joven 1 is called ¡Buen Viaje! and contains some fantastic student activities for discovering the famous landmarks in the Hispanic world e.g. La Pirámide Maya de Chichén, and opportunities for describing aspects of the human and physical geography of these countries e.g. Cuba es una isla, Lima es una ciudad y una capital. There is also an excllent chapter in this book by J. Raphael Angel called ¿Viajar realmente nos convierte en ciudadanos del mundo? There are sections on understanding how travelling helps us to understand other cultures through famous quotes and also from blog posts. Equally there are some great links to videos and websites about Valencia and Cuba which enable students to look at authentic texts and use their media literacy skills, whilst exploring tourism and culture in those countries.
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